Famous Romanian Historical Personalities

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Vlad the Impaler
(Ruler of Wallachia (1448))
Vlad the Impaler
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Birthdate: 1431 AD
Birthplace: Sighișoara, Romania
Died: November 30, 1476

Often considered a national hero of Romania, Vlad the Impaler was an important ruler in Wallachian history. Also known as Vlad Dracula, his reputation for cruelty inspired the name of the famous fictitious vampire Count Dracula. Books describing his cruelty were among the first-known bestsellers in the German-speaking territories.

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Michael of Romania
(The Last King of Romania (1927 - 1930))
Michael of Romania
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Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5, 2017
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Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths (395-410))
Alaric I
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Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD

Alaric I reigned as the first king of the Visigoths. Alaric, who operated against the Western Roman regimes, is best remembered for playing a crucial role in the sack of Rome in 410, which was one of the major events leading up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. After Rome's sack, Alaric fell ill and died in Bruttium.

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Marie of Romania
(Wife of Ferdinand I of Romania and Former Queen Consort of Romania (1914 - 1927))
Marie of Romania
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Birthdate: October 29, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died: July 10, 1938
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Carol II of Romania
(King of Romania (1930-40))
Carol II of Romania
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Birthdate: October 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: April 4, 1953

Carol II of Romania reigned as king of Romania from 1930 to 1940. He played a major role in establishing a royal dictatorship in Romania by abolishing the political parties and removing the 1923 constitution. He replaced the political parties with the National Renaissance Front, a single monopoly party of government. 

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Queen Anne of Romania
(Wife of King Michael I of Romania, Who Later Became an Uncrowned Queen of Romania)
Queen Anne of Romania
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Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 1, 2016
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Carol I of Romania
(King of Romania (1881 – 1914))
Carol I of Romania
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Birthdate: April 20, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: October 10, 1914

Carol I of Romania reigned as the King of Romania from 15 March 1881 to 10 October 1914. He helped Romania achieve independence by leading his men during the Russo-Turkish War and is best remembered as the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty's first ruler. During his reign, Romania's infrastructure and industry were improved.

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Ferdinand I of Romania
(King of Romania (1914 - 1927))
Ferdinand I of Romania
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Birthdate: August 24, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany
Died: July 20, 1927

Ferdinand I of Romania reigned as the King of Romania from 10 October 1914 until his death on 20 July 1927. He chose to support the Triple Entente during World War I and managed to annex Transylvania, Bukovina, Bessarabia, and parts of Maramureș, Crișana, and Banat, which resulted in the establishment of Greater Romania.

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Gordian III
(Youngest Roman Emperor (238 - 244))
Gordian III
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Birthdate: January 20, 0225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome
Died: February 11, 0244

Gordian III was a Roman emperor who reigned from 238 to 244 AD. He was the youngest Roman emperor as he ascended the throne at age 13. His reign was marked by a series of major earthquakes that swallowed a number of cities along with their inhabitants.

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Carinus
(Roman Emperor (283 - 285))
Carinus
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Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Dalmatia, Croatia
Died: June 30, 0285

Carinus was a Roman emperor who reigned from 283 to 285 AD. He was the son of Emperor Carus. Carinus is often counted among the worst Roman emperors and this reputation of his may have been orchestrated by his successful opponent, Diocletian.

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Alexandru Ioan Cuza
(One of the Founders of the Modern Romanian State)
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
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Birthdate: March 20, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: May 15, 1873

Alexandru Ioan Cuza was the first ruler of the Romanian Principalities after the unification of Moldavia and Wallachia. He is credited with modernizing the Romanian society through a series of reforms. Today, Alexandru Ioan Cuza is regarded as a national hero of Romania. He is also counted among the founders of the modern Romanian state.

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Marozia
(Roman Noblewoman and Alleged Mistress of Pope Sergius III )
Marozia
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Birthdate: April 2, 0890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0937 AD
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Helen of Greece and Denmark
(Queen Mother of Romania During the Reign of Her Son King Michael I (1940–1947).)
Helen of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: May 2, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: November 28, 1982
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Elisabeth of Romania
(Queen Consort of the Hellenes (1922 - 1924) and First Lady of Romania)
Elisabeth of Romania
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Birthdate: October 12, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleş Castle, Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania
Died: November 14, 1956
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Milan I of Serbia
(King of Serbia (1882 - 1889))
Milan I of Serbia
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Birthdate: August 22, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mărășești, Romania
Died: February 11, 1901

Milan I of Serbia reigned as the King of Serbia from 1882 until his sudden abdication in 1889. He abdicated in favor of Alexander I of Serbia, which was unexpected at that time. During his reign, Milan focused on developing natural resources and improving the means of communication. However, he was largely unpopular due to reckless extravagance and heavy taxation. 

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Ancus Marcius
(King of Rome (640 - 616 BC))
Ancus Marcius
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Birthdate: 0678 BC
Birthplace: Ancient Rome
Died: 0616 AD

Ancus Marcius reigned as the King of Rome from 640 to 616 BC. While he waged wars to save his kingdom during his 24-year reign, Marcius also promoted peace and religion. Ancus Marcius is credited with reinstating the religious edicts created by Numa and that which were removed by his predecessor Tullus Hostilius.

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Burebista
(Thracian King of the Getae and Dacian tribes From 82/61 BC to 45/44 BC)
Burebista
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Birthdate: 0082 BC
Died: 0044 BC

Burebista reigned as the King of Dacia. He is credited with successfully unifying the famous tribes of the Dacian Kingdom. Burebista and his descendants are regarded as the true ancestors by Romanian nationalists. Burebista's life inspired the 1980 eponymous epic film. 

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Elisabeth of Wied
(Queen Consort of Romania (1881 - 1914))
Elisabeth of Wied
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Birthdate: December 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schloss Monrepos
Died: March 2, 1916
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Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor (1133 - 1137), King of Germany and Italy (1125 - 1137))
Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: June 9, 1075
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unterlüß, Germany
Died: December 4, 1137

Lothair III reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor from 1133 to 1137. He also reigned as the King of Germany and Italy from 1125 to 1137. His reign was marked by disputes with the Staufers, who were finally defeated by Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor in 1135.

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Gábor Bethlen
(King of Hungary (1620 - 1621))
Gábor Bethlen
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Birthdate: November 30, 1580
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ilia, Hunedoara, Romania
Died: November 15, 1629

Gábor Bethlen reigned as the King of Hungary from 25 August 1620 to 31 December 1621. He is best remembered as the Prince of Transylvania and Duke of Opole. Although he was the king of Hungary, Gábor Bethlen never took control of the entire kingdom. 

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Aelia Eudoxia
(Roman Empress (395 - 404))
Aelia Eudoxia
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Birthdate: 0380 AD
Birthplace: Roman Empire
Died: October 6, 0404
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Sigismund Báthory
(Prince of Transylvania (1586 - 1598))
Sigismund Báthory
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Birthdate: 1573 AD
Birthplace: Oradea, Romania
Died: March 27, 1613

Sigismund Báthory was the Prince of Transylvania and the Duke of Racibórz and Opole. Sigismund was still a child when he was elected as voivode as requested by his dying father. His rule was largely controlled by the Diet of Transylvania, which played a key role in the expulsion of the Jesuits during Sigismund Báthory's reign.  

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Bogdan I of Moldavia
(The First Independent Ruler of Moldavia)
Bogdan I of Moldavia
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Birthplace: not known
Died: 1365 AD

Bogdan I of Moldavia was the first independent ruler of Moldavia. After the Principality of Wallachia, the Principality of Moldavia is regarded as the second independent Romanian state and the foundation of the Principality of Moldavia is attributed to Bogdan I of Moldavia.    

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Matei Basarab
(Prince of Wallachia (1632 - 1654))
Matei Basarab
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Birthdate: 1588 AD
Birthplace: Brâncoveni, Romania
Died: April 9, 1654

Matei Basarab was a Wallachian prince who reigned from 1632 to 1654. Much of his energy was spent to keep invasions from Moldavia at bay, which he accomplished successfully on multiple occasions. Matei Basarab is also credited with introducing the printing press to Wallachia. He also built many churches and monasteries during his reign.

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Dragoș, Voivode of Moldavia
(The First Voivode of Moldavia)
Dragoș, Voivode of Moldavia
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Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1353 AD

Dragoș, Voivode of Moldavia reigned as the first Voivode of Moldavia. He is credited with inviting the Transylvanian Saxons, who introduced viticulture to Moldavia. Dragoș is also credited with founding Siret and Baia.